Alexander Gelfand


Reb Shlomo Meets Nigeria

By Alexander Gelfand

Reb Shlomo Meets Nigeria
Fela Kuti and Shlomo Carlebach are not an obvious pairing. But Zion80 do a masterful mash-up of the Jewish counterculture icon and the late Nigerian superstar.Read More


Coming to Africa

By Alexander Gelfand

Coming to Africa
Playing together, Israeli Idan Raichel and Mali’s Vieux Farka Toure show how harmoniously Jewish and Islamic culture can meld when given the chance.Read More


Basya Schechter Sculpts World Music

By Alexander Gelfand

Basya Schechter Sculpts World Music
Singer Basya Schechter is not some naive Jewish singer doing a world music mash-up. Her latest release is a collection of Yiddish songs that showcase her distinctive sound.Read More


Jews Try To Ban Offensive Music

By Alexander Gelfand

Jews Try To Ban Offensive Music
It’s easy to laugh at reports of music-banning in China or by fundamentalists groups. But ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis have also sought to ban music they find distasteful.Read More


Lost Music of Istanbul's Sephardic Jews

By Alexander Gelfand

Lost Music of Istanbul's Sephardic Jews
Istanbul was once a center of Sephardic Jewish life and music. Little of that grand legacy remains there, but it has spread to America and around the world.Read More



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